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    Stoneware model egg with thick, opaque white glaze with fine, even crackle. There are three small spur marks at one end.

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    • 1912-1949
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    • Height: 48 millimetres
    • Diameter: 29 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Song dynasty or later
    Room 95 label text:

    PDF 32

    Model of an egg

    This curious object is modelled in the form of an egg.

    Porcelain with opaque white glaze, with fine even crackle
    South China 中國南部
    Republican period, AD 1912–1949
    PDF 32


  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 30, no. XXIX(b) bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.10, no.32, pl.IV bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.30, no.32 bibliographic details
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Stoneware model egg with thick, opaque white glaze with fine, even crackle. There are three small spur marks at one end.

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